Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

If the increase in demand for Surrey air conditioning installation is anything to go by, we now know that air conditioners have become ubiquitous and integral to our wellbeing. But, how do you ensure the optimal efficacy and long life span of your AC unit? First of all, you need to consult an AC engineer for accurate air conditioner fitting. Once your AC unit is installed properly, maintenance becomes easy. Let us discuss some useful air conditioner maintenance tips.

Is it necessary to clean and inspect permanently installed air conditioners?

Air conditioners gather dust, debris and sometimes even leaves, all of which can impact the unit’s functionality and run up your energy bill. Hence, it is important to clean filters and coils of your AC unit and contact an AC maintenance service for an annual servicing. However, proper air conditioner fitting initially will help you clean and ensure efficiency of the unit. If you are looking for Surrey air conditioning installation assistance, feel free to contact us.

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How to Clean Air Conditioner Filters?

Cleaning your AC filters is the most valuable maintenance task that can ensure the unit’s efficiency. Clogged and dirty filters reduce airflow and affect the functionality of the air conditioner. Additionally, when blocked filters obstruct airflow, air tends to bypass the filter and deposit dust and dirt directly onto the evaporator coil and damage the coil’s capacity for heat-absorption. Filters in central air conditioners are located along the length of the return duct. If yours is a room air conditioner, filters may be mounted in the grill facing the room. Nevertheless, check the manufacturer’s manual to locate the filters. While some air filters can be cleaned, others need to be replaced. If you own either a wall-mounted AC unit or a portable AC, you need to remove the filters and clean those before putting them back in.

How to Clean Air Conditioner Coils

AC coils move hot and cold air. That is why you should always keep the coils clean. If you have a central AC unit, simply clean the outdoor condenser. And, you can hire an AC technician to inspect the other parts on an annual basis. Check the unit regularly to spot any dirt, dust or grass clippings. If the AC is dirty, turn it off, and then carefully spray it with a hose, without getting the electric box wet. Let the unit dry completely before turning it on. If you have a window or portable unit, open the AC unit to access the coils. Brush dirt away with a soft brush and then use a spray bottle and slightly soapy water to clean the more stubborn dirt. You can use mild detergent or dish soap. There are outside fins on window units, which can be cleaned in the same way.

How to Maintain an Air Conditioner

Check the AC unit to make sure that nothing is blocking it. Uninterrupted air flow is critical for your AC unit to work well. Ensure that there aren’t any furniture, beds or even books blocking the AC. Leave at least 12 inches of free space for your central AC’s outdoor unit. Check the unit at regular intervals to make sure that everything is in proper order. Check for weak air flow, leakage and icy coils. Leakages usually indicate a blockage or clogged filter. Call an AC engineer if you detect a potential serious problem. Leaks usually suggest damage that only a professional can fix. And, finally, get a professional AC cleaning service to conduct an annual servicing of your air conditioner.

Following these air conditioner maintenance tips and getting regular servicing will help you use the same AC unit for a longer period, and enjoy efficient climate control of your property. To request a quote or arrange a visit from one of our air conditioning experts, please use the form below, chat with us or call our office during working hours.